If you make a list of the most famous tanks involved in World War II, then King Tiger comes at the top of the list. It is famous because of its devastating 88 mm gun and thick armor. Tiger I or Mark VI quickly gained destructive popularity on the battlefield.
This tank was keenly designed as a breakthrough tank which helped them in breaching the enemy defense. It was a sixty ton Tiger I which carefully allocated to a set of a special and heavy-duty tank battalion, and contained everything. It included armor and firepower. Even though it was new and 1940s vehicle, there is nothing to underestimate it since it weighed similar to that of today’s M-1 Abrams.
This tank was agile enough, and it came with the best features and look. King tiger was designed with castle-like and square shape and with long cannons. The Tiger I was seriously looking deadly. But even after this weapon designers and generals in Hitler team were never satisfied. They had it in mind that Tiger I was never the most powerful weapon. Even before the performance of Tiger I started on the actual battlefield, weapon designers started working on the King Tiger.
The King Tiger, Konigstiger, or Tiger II was weighing 75 tons, and it was bigger than Tiger I. It came with KwK 43 88-millimeter cannon, and it was longer-barreled. It is the reason it was capable of penetrating five inches armor, and that was penetrating it into 2 kilometers. In front of T-34 crews and Sherman with two inches of frontal armor, there was no surprise that Tiger II was looking like a devil in the battlefield.
King Tiger II And Its Features
Compared to the Tiger I, Tiger II came up with a lot of improved features. Tiger I had vertical armor, but Tiger II came up with sloped armor, and this was highly effective. They also increased the armor thickness effectively. The King Tiger featured sloped armor. On the front hull, this armor was six inches thick, and it was highly effective.
If we consider the turret presence in the King Tiger, it could traverse 360 degrees in just nineteen seconds. It was taking 60 seconds in the case of Tiger I. Even though Tiger II was not looking very agile, it was more agile when compared to Tiger I, and it looked like professional football players.
The road speed of Tiger II was 25 miles in an hour, but T-34 and Sherman were featuring thirty miles an hour. When it comes to cross country speed, it was 10 miles an hour. The other two tanks, in comparison, featured 20 miles an hour. Tiger II was huge and heavy, surprisingly, it exhibited the highest tactical mobility, and this was effective and helpful in the battlefield.
Overall, King Tiger or Tiger II was the most viable design, and it was better than all of the German Maus.